Ebola death toll rises to above 2,600

More than 2,600 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported more than 5,000 cases across west Africa, describing the crisis as "unparalleled in modern times".

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British Ebola sufferer 'may well' be treated in UK

A British national living in Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola would probably be treated at a specialist hospital in London if the decision was made to repatriate them, an expert has said.

Professor Tom Solomon, director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, said:

We do have facilities in the UK for caring for people with haemorrhagic fevers ... The medical services in Sierra Leone are very strained at the minute so it may well be the case that this person is brought to the UK for treatment.

– Professor Tom Solomon

It has been reported that a decision on whether to transport the Briton here may be taken today, but officials from the Department of Health would not confirm this.

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